Sores On My Scalp
What can I do about sores on my scalp?
About 2 years ago my family was invaded with the lice bug. I was able to rid my kids of the lice, but because my husband did my hair....I kept getting them back.
I think I used anything and everything from doctor prescriptions, to over the counter, to home remedies.
I did eventually get rid of them (a year later) but my scalp became so inflamed from all the products and the relentless combing.
Even after I was lice-free, the sores on my scalp would not go away.
About 4 months ago I went on a very restrictive diet...meat, shrimp, veggies and limited carbs & fruit...no sugar!!
I started to notice the sores on my scalp going away. I didn't link the diet with the problem. I just thought it finally had run its course.
I went off the diet in the middle of November and my symptoms slowly started to return. They are worse than ever now.
I have at least 20 sores on my head (all areas of my head). At night I feel a crawling sensation that is so intense it wakes me up out of my sleep. I try to ignore it but it's too obvious. I definitely feel something moving.
I'm afraid that when I had all those open wounds it was a pathway for some type of bug to enter?
I don't want to inflame my scalp any worse than it is right now. What can I do?? Why did it go away & come back?? Not only that but worse??
PS. I don't know if this matters but I'm 44, I workout 3-4x a week. I do have an under-active thyroid. I'm also severely anemic & don't take my iron pills anymore. My doctor wants me to take 4 a day..
Here are a couple of thoughts for you to consider...
First of all, next time lice becomes a problem, try the basic olive oil treatment
. It's completely non-toxic and easy enough to do your own head, if necessary. ;)
The initial sores may be the result of the lice feeding on your scalp and/or your scratching the bites and possibly causing an infection.
They also may be (as you rightly guessed) from the toxic chemicals you were using repeatedly in your efforts to get rid of the lice.
The fact that your change in diet (cutting way back on your sugar intake) would lead me to believe that you developed a fungal/yeast infection as a result.
This is very easy to develop. We all have candida (yeast) growing in our body. The yeast fungus is kept in balance by the good bacteria in our body so that we
usually don't have any problems.
If our immune system is compromised, the yeast begins to grow out of control and the fungus can bring on a wide range of symptoms - much like you describe.
In your case, the chemicals that you were using would have weakened your immune system because of their toxic nature. Your body may not have been able to eliminate the toxins quickly enough and your natural balance was thrown out of whack. :)
Candida (yeast fungus) feeds on sugar. Your poor diet would be enough to allow the fungus to gain the upper hand again and bring on these sores as that has become a weak area for you.
I would highly recommend a thorough intestinal cleanse to you. I will shortly be starting my own "spring clean" - a 3 month cleanse that I do using Herbal Fiberblend
HFB has a variety of anti-fungal and anti-parasitic herbs that help to clean out your digestive tract as well as detoxify your body.
You also need at least a month of Florafood
. These are probiotics (good bacteria) that helps to return the natural balance to your immune system. Basically, it's a little army to fight off the fungus overgrowth and get it under control once again.
You mentioned some other issues you are dealing with - the anemia and low iron. A healthy way to get the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need is to use whole food supplement powders, like the Garden Trio
. These are real organically grown foods that are juiced and dried at cool temperatures to retain all their live enzymes and rich nutrition. I think you'll find them to be an exceptional help to you.
Last of all, with your thyroid condition and your age, you may want to consider using some natural progesterone cream. I use Renewed Balance
every month and have found it to be the best natural progesterone cream I've tried.
You can actually get your hormone levels tested to determine exactly what you need and have a special formula created just for you (but please stick to natural and not synthetic hormones if you go that route).
For me, I find that Renewed Balance
does the trick for me and has helped many other female friends who've tried it - even though they didn't get tested or specifically diagnosed.
I hope some of this information will be of help and benefit to you. Please let me know if I can be of any further help. To your good health!
P.S. If you haven't already tried it, raw, organic apple cider vinegar (Bragg's is good), may help to dry up the sores on your scalp and give you some relief from the itching.